Big Tree Loop Trail

Oregon Caves National Monument
Located 13.2 miles from Cave Junction, Oregon (OR)
4 Stars
7,417 Steps 1  (3.4 mi)

The Big Tree Loop Trail is a steep hike with several switchbacks; the trail is mostly shaded with Douglas Firs, Big Leaf Maple, Canyon Oak and Tan Oak. This is a good trail for a family that wants to experience nature for a fun day out. The trail crosses Panther Creek and depending on the time of year there is an abundance of wildflowers throughout the hike. The trail is named after the largest Douglas Fir tree in Oregon; the tree is 13ft in diameter.

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The Big Tree Loop Trail has a maximum elevation of 5,092 ft (1,552 m), a minimum elevation of 4,084 ft (1,245 m), and an elevation range of 1,008 ft (307 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
7,4173.4 mi4,084 ft5,092 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.6 hrs73.0876 ft966 ft
[ B to A ]
1.6 hrs80.5966 ft876 ft

What is the length of the Big Tree Loop Trail?

The length of the trail is 3.4 mi (5.4 km) or 7,417 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Big Tree Loop Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 1.6 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.6 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Big Tree Loop Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Oregon Caves National Monument topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Holland, OR
  2. North Topo Map: Kerby Peak, OR
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Williams, OR
  4. West Topo Map: Takilma, OR
  5. Topo Map: Oregon Caves, OR
  6. East Topo Map: Grayback Mountain, OR
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Polar Bear Mountain, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Deadman Point, OR
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Figurehead Mountain, CA

Is there a Big Tree Loop trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Big Tree Loop Trail is located on the Oregon Caves topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.